Prayerful Living (1 Timothy 2:1-7)

This week, we are invited to pray for leaders.  Strong leaders cast a vision for the community, so that the community can follow the vision, not the leader.  Insightful leaders empower others to explore and use their gifts.  Compassionate leaders are able to understand the concerns of those they lead without getting drawn into anxiety or drama.  Faith-filled leaders seek to understand God’s will for themselves and their communities as they make decisions large and small.

Some few people are born leaders, but most people need to grow into leaderships.  Some leaders become strong, insightful, compassionate and faithful through mentoring or training.  In the scripture reading for today, Paul reminds us that praying for our leaders is one of the ways we can help guide them.  We can, and should, still ask our leaders hard questions and, when necessary, call them to account.  But whether we follow their lead or dig in our heels, the first step is to pray.  This week, try adding the leaders in your life to your prayer time, and see how it changes them, and you.

Monday:  Pray for leaders of your congregation.  Pray for pastors, officers, deacons, lay leaders and teachers.

Tuesday:  Pray for leaders of your community, county or city.  Pray for elected leaders as well as leaders in local advocacy and activist groups.

Wednesday:  Pray for leaders of the nation.  Pray for elected officials in the three branches of national government–judicial, legislative, presidential.  Pray for the senior staff members in these branches.

Thursday:  Pray for leaders of the world.  Pray that world leaders understand that we are one global family so they can make good decisions about immigration, climate, economics and other issues that transcend borders.

Friday:  Pray for the future leaders being formed now.  Pray for children and youth who are making their voices heard, and for those who have no voice yet.

Saturday:  Pray for yourself as a leader.  Pray to be strong, insightful, compassionate and faith filled.  Pray to be shown opportunities where your unique gifts and skills might be used to lead.

Sunday:  Today is sabbath day.  Pray for adequate rest for all leaders.


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Annual Fall Festival Bake Sale September 27 and 28

The Service Group of the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio will be holding their annual Fall Festival Bake Sale on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28.  You are invited to bake something for the sale.  More information is on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.

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And the Rains Kept Comin’ Down!

We are all aware of the flooding and other hardships caused by Hurricane Dorian and other natural disasters throughout our country.  That is one of the reasons the Board of Christian Education has chosen our mission project for the next two months as filling disaster response kits.  Many of the cleaning materials for helping clean up the mess of a flood or other devastation are included in this bucket.  Please take some items from the list posted on the easel at the back of the church and bring them in by November 2.  If you feel so inclined, you may take a complete list (also posted) and fill the whole bucket.  The approximate cost would be $47 to fill the whole bucket.  The buckets will be driven to Tiffin to the Northwest Ohio Association office of the United Church of Christ for distribution to places as needed.  Any little bit that you can contribute is appreciated.

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Calling All Hot Dog Lovers!

Bob and Marci Stahl have graciously agreed to host a fall picnic at their farm in Pandora on Sunday, September 15, beginning at 3 p.m.  Hot dogs, rolls, and drink will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share and a chair in which to sit.  The address is 17453 Road 4, Pandora.  Phillips Road becomes Road 4 as soon as you cross the Allen/Putnam County Line Road, and the Stahls live on the right side just a short distance from there.  Hope you can all join us for one last fall fling!

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Why You Should Attend Christian Education Classes

FUN….Yes, remember the fun?  Christian Education is not your grandparents’ classes where everyone was prim and proper and not a smile smiled or a joke shared.  These classes can be a wonderful place to chat, laugh, and connect with other friends in faith.

Fellowship….Related to but distinct from above.  Fellowship is that deeper, heart-level connection that comes when we are honest with each other, trust each other, and respect the opinions of others (even though different than ours).  We support each other in what we are learning and struggling with as believers in this fast-changing and challenging world.

Faith Building….Isolation is the enemy of a growing faith. The comradery and accountability of being in a group helps you to make the leap from where you are to where you want to be on your faith journey.

Be honest now–we have all had questions and doubts about where we as Christians should stand on the “new norms” of this crazy world.  The saying “God Is Still Speaking” is not just a motto for the United Church of Christ; it is a truth told to us in Hebrews 4:12:  “The word of God, you see, is alive and moving.”  God’s word is an action verb–not a sitting still noun!

In Christian Education classes, we come ready to grow in the knowledge of how God’s Word is active in our lives.  It is a safe place to come as you are.  No matter where you are on your faith journey or what you may be going through, you will find love, acceptance, and encouragement in engaging with God’s Word and God’s people.

Join us for an adult Christian Education Class on Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. either in the church parlor or in Oppermann Hall.  Remember there are connections to be made, growth to be had, and wisdom to be shared.  All you have to do is show up–God will meet you there!

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Fall Hours Begin September 8, 2019

Beginning September 8, 2019, and continuing until the first Sunday in June, 2020, Faith Formation classes will meet at 9:30 a.m., and worship starts at 10:30 a.m.

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Centering Prayer for September 15:  O God, in your divine wisdom, you have always known we really are like sheep, each prone to going one’s own way without the guidance of those you have sent to shepherd us.  We thank you, Lord for those shepherds.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

Sunday, September 15–Worship, 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Carol’s sermon is titled “Lost and Found” and is based on Luke 15:1-10 (the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin).  The choir will sing “Come to the Water” by John B. Foley, S.J.  Following worship there will be a fellowship hour in Oppermann Hall.

The Board of Christian Education meets after worship.

Our fall picnic begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Stahl farm.  Please bring a dish to share and a chair in which to sit.  Bob and Marci will furnish the hot dogs, rolls, and drink.

Tuesday, September 17–Ladies meet at LuLu’s, 9 a.m.; TOPS, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18–Men meet at Arby’s, 8:30 a.m.; Choir practice, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 19–Community dinner at the Senior Center, 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 21–Food pantry distribution, 8 to 11 a.m.

Sunday, September 22–Memorial Committee meets after worship

Upcoming Event:

Friday, October 18 the annual beef and noodle dinner takes place in Oppermann Hall.  Please put the date on your calendars!







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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  September 24, 2019,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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Facebook Page

You are missing out on a super way to advertise our church if you are not sharing with many of your other Facebook friends St. John’s Facebook page.  There are many interesting articles posted every day.  “Friend” all of your friends and ask them to “Like” the St. John’s page–let’s let people know we are here, alive, and moving forward!

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St Johns Snow

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